Choosing a diesel generator: what you need to know

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Diesel generators can be a major investment, so you’ll no doubt want to be absolutely certain that the model you go for is right for you. There are a host of different issues to consider when you’re selecting these engines and if this is your first experience of purchasing one, you might not be sure where to start. Fortunately, help is at hand. Here, we detail a few of the major points you’ll need to focus on when you’re looking for a generator set.

Your power needs

You must have a clear idea of your power needs when you’re perusing the range of generators available. For example, you’ll need to calculate your capacity requirements. This refers to the maximum total load you’ll need your generator to cope with at any given point. You can work it out by adding up all of the electrical loads of the systems you’ll need to power at the same time. The generator you select must be big enough to handle this potential load. You may also need to take your future power needs into account. If you expect your electricity requirements to grow, it’s important to choose a generator with some spare capacity. However, bear in mind that running a gen set significantly under its rated load can cause engine damage and reduce reliability.

The size of generator you need will also depend on whether you want a set for prime power or standby power.

Fuel type

Your fuel preferences will also have an impact on the model you choose. These engines can be powered by a number of fuels, including petrol, gas and diesel. Gas can be provided by mains pipes, but if you want to store your fuel on-site, diesel generators may be the best option. Diesel is safe, reliable and cost-effective, and it’s a popular choice when emergency backup power is needed or when mains power is not available.

Extra features

In addition to capacity and fuel type, you’ll need to think carefully about any extra features you’d like your gen set to have. These machines can be specially tailored to suit a range of specific environments and applications. They can also be enhanced through the addition of customised containers and enclosures. For example, if you choose a diesel generator from us, you can take your pick from a range of enclosures. From weather louvres designed to protect supply and exhaust ducts from adverse weather conditions to noise reducing acoustic doors, these containers can feature a range of useful additions.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help

Once you’ve got to grips with key points like these, you should find you’re in a better position to make an informed decision concerning the sort of gen set you need. However, fully understanding all the technicalities involved can be difficult. So, to ensure you make the best possible choice, it pays to ask for help. If you have any questions about the range of generators we offer, or you want general guidance to help you select a suitable engine, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our specialists are on hand to assist.